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VIDEO: New president, same treaty-rights fight for Duwamish Tribe

On Saturday, while tens of thousands of people were marching downtown out of concern over the newly inaugurated administration, the White House transition was also a topic of discussion at the Duwamish Longhouse. The day was in part a celebration of the longhouse itself – completed and dedicated eight years ago – but it began with a focus on the Duwamish Tribe‘s continued quest for its treaty rights. Our video above is from a Q/A session that followed the Longhouse’s first screening of the new documentary “Promised Land,” which is about the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes’ struggle to get the federal government to honor those rights.

In our video, after lauding the filmmakers for their work, Duwamish chair Cecile Hansen answered questions (others were fielded by James Rasmussen and Ken Workman, also of the tribe). Hansen said she is “not too encouraged about the new administration, but you never know what could happen.” Rasmussen said they also are dealing with a change in who represents Seattle in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, who just retired, was a longtime champion of the Duwamish pursuit of federal recognition; his newly elected successor, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, hasn’t been to the Longhouse, Rasmussen noted, and they don’t know whether she is supportive or not. He also explained, when asked for details of what would be different if they had treaty rights, that Duwamish youth are not recognized as Native Americans when enrolling in college – they have been offered the chance to do so if they enroll with a recognized tribe, but, Rasmussen said, usually decline.

Other tribes in the area have opposed Duwamish treaty rights, Rasmussen went on to say, because of concerns over casino competition. The Duwamish have “no plan to build a casino – never has been a plan,” he said, but he also said that when once offered the chance at recognition if they permanently renounced that option, they put the question to their membership and they said no, “we’re not giving up anything.”

Hansen, by the way, says she’s writing a book. She’s been fighting for the treaty rights for more than 40 years; the tribe briefly gained recognition in the final days of the Clinton Administration, saw it subsequently canceled by the Bush Administration, and then came another denial, from the Obama Administration, in summer 2015.

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As you will also hear her say in the video – and as we reported here a year and a half ago – she took the Duwamish’s case directly to now-former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, a West Seattle resident (photo above). While Jewell touted the department’s work with tribes in her farewell, that didn’t include any progress for the Duwamish, Hansen noted. “If she had brought the tribes together, we would not be suffering with this non-status. … She should have done more for the Duwamish people.”

PHOTOS: West Seattleites’ views from the Womxn’s March on Seattle

(EARLIER COVERAGE: Our photos of West Seattleites heading to the march)

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(Gatewood pilot/photographer Long Bach Nguyen‘s aerial view of much of the crowd at the march’s starting point)

6:13 PM: With more than 100,000 participants, the Womxn’s March on Seattle lasted more than four and a half hours – from the first departures from Judkins Park around 11:15, to the Seattle Police announcement that the last marchers had arrived at Seattle Center around 3:50 pm, without incidents or arrests.

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We covered marchers leaving West Seattle this morning (see those photos here); we appreciate everyone who has sent photos (editor@westseattleblog.com or 206-293-6302) and expect to add more.

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Above and below, Trissa Hodapp sent photos of her group, all West Seattleites, from the end of the route at Seattle Center.

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Trissa says, “My daughter carried the sign almost the entire route. It was so powerful and had positive energy.” The signs told the story of the day – this next one was photographed by Samuella Samaniego:

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She also sent this view from the Chinatown area:

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Carl Guess shared the photo below, observing, “Love the juxtaposition of the gospel tune lyric and the flag.”

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The sign shown with this group of “walking West Seattleites” was from the school of “cup half full”:

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Some signs were handwritten:

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And in many views – what stood out was the prevalence of the pink “pussyhats”:

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Many family groups – next are Stephanie and Madeline Gerding, photographed by Patrick Gerding:

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The next two are from Y-Ma, who e-mailed: “We got to Judkins around 10:30. The crowd, the energy & respectfulness was kind of overwhelming. I think it took us about 90 minutes after start to actually be able to leave the park vicinity. Coming down the hill – it was an absolute sea of people for as far as one could see.”

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That sea of people rolled and strolled on through the Central and International Districts, and on to downtown – this view is from Sarah Cameron:

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And this, from Laura Dedon Oxford:

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Next photo, via e-mail – “Denise Nelson and Lisa Stencel representing West Seattle!”

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And here are students from a school that marched on Friday too – Taproot School:

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Thanks to Lynne Meddaugh for that photo.

So what happened at the end of the march route? Barbara Dobkin sent this photo of performers on the Seattle Center grounds:

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ADDED 9:40 PM: More photos sent since we published the ones above – thank you, again! Citywide media now quotes organizers as estimating about 175,000 people participated. The next three pictures are from West Seattle photographer Vy Duong:

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Anna Yates took her daughters, Genesee Hill Elementary students, and shared this photo:

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Another mom who took her child – Panayiota Bertzikis, who we found out belatedly is a West Seattle resident and was also among today’s speakers! She shared this photo of herself and her one-year-old, who joined her onstage:

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From J. Lardizabal, more West Seattleites representing at the march:

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Thanks to Layne Ahlstrom for the next three photos:

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And Alki artist Susan K. Miller is the only person to send a sketch! “Reporting the old-fashioned way! 😊 This was Judkins Park at 9:15a, when you could still see some grass. Focused on that ERA NOW sign, exactly like the one I marched with 40 years ago because as several signs said, ‘Can’t believe we’re still protesting this’.”

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ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: More photos came in overnight – the next two are from Karen Berge, featuring a two-sided sign created by one of the West Seattleites with whom she marched, Mary Sheely (seen in second photo):

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Kathryn Aupperlee sent photos of signs that caught her attention, including these:

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ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: A few more photos have come in – these are from The Lees:

“We’re a local WS family from the Puget Ridge area. We took the bus route #125 in front of SSC to downtown but since the buses were full from DT to the park by the time we arrived at the SAM, we just walked up to the park. I pushed both my kids in the stroller from there to Judkins Park. I didn’t have a pink hat so I hair sprayed my hair pink. My daughter is a kindergartener at Sanislo Elementary. I am on the PTA board.”

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And from Aneelah Afzali, the West Seattleite about whom we wrote on the eve of the march, for which she was a pre-march speaker:

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This was one of ~400 marches – photos seen on Twitter even included one in Antarctica.

WOMXN’S MARCH ON SEATTLE: ‘Solidarity march’ in West Seattle Junction

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This morning, we heard from Tom, whose family had decided not to go to the Womxn’s March on Seattle but wanted to invite others to join a small “solidarity march” around The Junction. We caught up with his group as they headed out from California/Edmunds around quarter till 1, after the sun had emerged from the clouds.

As for the main march downtown – per SPD, after more than two hours, the last of the marchers have finally left Judkins Park, as the front of the group arrived at the end of the route more than 3 miles away. The crowd has been estimated at well over 100,000. No incidents reported along the way, we can say from monitoring police frequencies and other emergency channels. We’ll have an update later with photos from participants (got a photo to share? editor@westseattleblog.com or text 206-293-6302 – thank you!).

WOMEN’S MARCH ON SEATTLE: West Seattleites head out

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(WSB photos by Tracy Record and Patrick Sand unless otherwise credited)

10:42 AM: After receiving a photo from the bus-chartering moms in Gatewood (shown atop our daily-preview list), we decided to head to The Junction to check out people catching buses to head to the march starting point in the Central District. And we found lots of them, of all ages!

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The buses were jammed – even with Metro adding more, in the 9 am hour, they were leaving full, with some having to wait for the next one. This photo was texted from aboard a Route 21 bus caught along Avalon:

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As we headed back south to WSB headquarters on the Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy line, we saw an obviously march-bound group waiting at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, so we pulled over for this photo:

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They told us they were awaiting rideshare vehicles – and that the group was twice this size but the others had already left.

IF YOU’RE MARCHING: Please send a photo – we will have a separate report later with photos from the march. editor@westseattleblog.com or text to 206-293-6302 (our 24/7 round-the-clock number) – thank you!

IF YOU’RE NOT MARCHING: As added to our daily preview list, a local family is organizing a small solidarity march around The Junction – meet at Uptown Espresso (California/Edmunds/Erskine) at 12:30 pm.

ABOUT THE HATS: If you don’t know the background of the pink hats many are wearing … go here.

11:30 AM: As of a minutes ago, the march is officially on the move, having left Judkins Park (and all the overflow spots where people are waiting along the route to Seattle Center). If you are headed downtown for some other reason – keep in mind that traffic/access will be affected for hours. TV helicopters are over the crowd; this is the most reliable feed we’ve found so far.

12:28 PM: After more than an hour, SPD says the march has now spread almost entirely across the full official route of more than 3 miles – as the front of the march approaches the end of the route at Seattle Center, some have yet to leave Judkins Park at the start of the route.

2:45 PM: The march is in its fourth hour and some are still on the route to Seattle Center – just passing Spring Street, according to the latest police-radio update, plus SPD via Twitter:

All the estimates we’ve seen so far have participation at more than 100,000 people. Again, we’ll have a separate report later with the photos we’ve received (thank you!) and summary details.

3:04 PM: Some buses are still on reroutes – be aware of this if you’re trying to get home. For the C Line, we checked with Metro: “The C Line has been rerouted further west on Mercer to Queen Anne Ave. It is traveling south on QA to turn left on Denny Way, then right on 1st, left on Broad and right onto 3rd Ave.” We don’t know how much longer this will last, though.

3:29 PM: Metro also now has a free shuttle running “on 5th Ave between Mercer and Broad Streets” to go south back into downtown from Seattle Center to catch buses back this way.

West Seattleite to speak before Womxn’s March tomorrow

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

If you are going to the Womxn’s March on Seattle tomorrow, get to the starting point at Judkins Park in time for the pre-march speakers.

One is a West Seattle neighbor – Aneelah Afzali.

Afzali is executive director of MAPS-AMEN, the recently launched American Muslim Empowerment Network, launched through the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, which is based in Redmond.

She will be one of five speakers at the rally before the march, and her speech will be about combating Islamophobia. “Essentially,” she told us during a phone conversation, “getting people to understand that Muslims were part of America even before it was a country, despite the demonization we are seeing in the media.” She’ll be talking about what people can do to help combat Islamophobia.

What CAN you do? “Each circumstance will vary,” Afzali says. The important thing is to not just stand by in silence – use your voice, use your body if you have to, or tell the story – if you see or hear something, posting about it on social media can be an important way of fighting back. “Standing up for the victim, letting them know they have an ally … there are a variety of things that people can do.”

In the bigger picture, her work “has four areas of focus – coalition building … with other minority groups as well as our friends and allies of any kind of background. That’s important during troubling times. (Also) education about Islam and Muslims – unfortunately, most people in our country don’t know Muslims, and something is easy to demonize when you don’t know much about it.” Another area of focus: “Leveraging media properly – Islam is the most mentioned religion (in media),” but most of the mentions are negative, Afzali says. The final focus: “Youth empowerment – helping build the future leaders of our country.” Last weekend, MAPS-AMEN had a youth-advocacy workshop with more than 100 young participants learning about Islamophobia and using the “power of the pen” to combat it.

MAPS-AMEN plans to have more than 100 American Muslims marching tomorrow; an announcement of that is how we found Afzali – we received a news release about the group’s participation, and asked if there were any West Seattleites with whom we could speak.

ABOUT THE MARCH: Marchers are gathering at 10 am at Judkins Park, with the speakers (including Aneelah Afzali) scheduled at 10:30 am, marching instructions at 11. Full details, including maps, are here.

INAUGURATION WEEK: West Seattleites’ chance meeting in D.C.

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Inaugural Parade today, Women’s March tomorrow. Big weekend in D.C., and some West Seattleites have traveled from here to “the other Washington.” The photo was just sent by one of them, Kerry Murphy:

We (the 3 on the left: Kristen Meyer, Kerry Murphy, Megan Jasper) were standing at the inaugural parade (in our pussyhats) today, feeling a little overwhelmed, and a woman and her teenage daughter (Tessa Surface and Kristina Dahl, in the pic) wandered up, also looking a hair overwhelmed. We started chatting, and it turns out we all are from West Seattle. Small world! I had 4 West Seattleites on my plane yesterday, too (that I know of – maybe more?).

We’ll appreciate photos tomorrow too – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

WOMXN’S MARCH: VAIN West Seattle giving away origami ‘corsages’

Going to the Womxn’s March on Seattle this Saturday? Victoria at VAIN (WSB sponsor) in The Junction just e-mailed to say you’re welcome to stop in (4513 California SW) tonight or tomorrow for a free hand-folded origami-flower corsage:

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VAIN is open until 8 tonight, and 10 am-8 pm on Friday.

INAUGURATION WEEK: ‘Letter of Solidarity’ from West Seattle Helpline

West Seattle Helpline executive director Chris Langeler just sent this this message from his agency to the community and asked if we would share it:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In light of some disturbing, recent trends, we feel compelled to speak out.

In the last few months, we have seen a rise in hate crimes against members of immigrant, LGBTQ, and Muslim communities. Harassment of women and people of color has been reported at higher rates locally and nationwide. We’ve seen increased hateful, divisive dialogue in the media, online, in our schools, and at public gatherings. From the neighbors we serve, to our volunteers and supporters, to our own friends and families, fear for safety of self and others has become far too common.

Additionally, we are seeing signs at the federal level that social safety net programs and protections may be scaled back or terminated; loss of health insurance, accelerated deportations of immigrant families, and cuts to social benefits critical to the safety and well-being of local families may be on the horizon. These actions threaten to hurt members of our community, including those that we support as they recover from crisis or hardship.

We, at the West Seattle Helpline, are dedicated to serving all of our neighbors and to help foster a caring and cohesive community. This letter affirms our commitment to do the following in solidarity with our underserved neighbors:

Continue to offer services to every member of our community regardless of race, age, sex, gender identity, immigration status, religion, and sexual orientation.

Continue participation in the Safe Place Program (providing safe haven from and reporting anti-LGBTQ hate crimes) and extend our promise to be a safe space for anyone experiencing hate-based harassment or threatening behavior.

Work with local community leaders in underserved communities to continue to improve the cultural and language accessibility of our services.

Refuse to voluntarily provide federal immigration officials data that could put our clients at risk of deportation (in alignment with Seattle’s status as a Sanctuary City).

Continue to advocate at the local and state level for policies and resources to support low-income, marginalized community members and protect them from harm.

We want West Seattle to continue to be an inclusive, caring, and safe place for all our neighbors. We look forward to working with local leaders, partner organizations, elected officials, and all who share our vision of an inclusive, safe, and welcoming community.

Sincerely,

Your Friends at the West Seattle Helpline

The West Seattleite leaving the Cabinet: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s farewell

Sally Jewell, the West Seattleite who has been serving as President Obama‘s Secretary of the Interior, has published her “exit memo.” It’s pointed out in a Seattle Times interview with the outgoing secretary, who told Times reporter Lynda Mapes that she is not “retiring” but plans to take a break before figuring out what’s next. While the former REI CEO’s “exit memo” touts the department “restor(ing) our nation-to-nation relationships with tribes,” it does not mention those – including the Duwamish Tribe – that did not get treaty rights restored. It’s been almost a year and a half since Duwamish chair Cecile Hansen went to Jewell’s neighborhood to make her case, after another denial. Meantime, Jewell’s memo touts a variety of resource and land accomplishments, and notes challenges for the future that don’t often get headlines, such as:

With approximately one-third of the Department’s more than 70,000 employees eligible to retire within five years, workforce development must continue to be a priority. We need to ensure a new generation of wildlife biologists, park rangers, tribal experts, scientists, and other professionals are ready to care for our nation’s public lands and waters.

Jewell has been Interior Secretary for almost four years. President-elect Trump‘s nominee to succeed her is Montana Congressmember Ryan Zinke.

Mystery remains in southwest Washington matched to missing West Seattleite Richard Arneson

Eleven months ago, Seattle Police announced they were looking for a missing 62-year-old from West Seattle, Richard Arneson.

The search is over. DNA testing has determined that Mr. Arneson is the man whose remains were found last May along the Columbia River in Wahkiakum County, according to this report today in the Chinook Observer.

How he got there – and how he died – remain mysteries, and the Observer report says SPD is still investigating. Just last week, months after the remains were found near Pillar Rock (map), Wahkiakum County’s Coroner/Prosecutor Dan Bigelow had gone public with a sketch and some information about more of what was found with them.

Then came the DNA match, with the help of samples provided by Mr. Arneson’s family, the Observer reports. We’ll be checking with SPD to see if they have anything more to add.

INAUGURATION WEEK: ‘Positive Politics Potluck’ @ Community General Store

Continuing our look at events announced in West Seattle for Inauguration Week – we’ve also heard from the new Community General Store in Delridge, which has announced a “Positive Politics Potluck” for 6-9 pm Friday (January 20th):

Need somewhere positive and family-friendly to go next Friday evening? We understand. Please join us in the first of our monthly gatherings to share food and visions for a more beautiful world.

Diverse political perspectives are welcome; our common ground is an understanding that our strength as a community comes out of our diversity. Our conversation is not meant to uncover the way forward or convince anyone of our individual perspective. Rather, together we aim to illuminate the many possible ways forward, and strengthen and improve each path by sharing authentically and listening well.

We’ll meet on the third Friday of each month, so mark your calendars. Fun for little ones, conversation and support for grown ups, food for all!

**First-time visits to the CGS are free. Membership purchase available at the door. RSVP here!

The CGS is at 5214 Delridge Way SW, next to The Daily Dose.

INAUGURATION WEEK: Tibbetts United Methodist Church labyrinth

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We have been receiving, and adding to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, announcements of events for this upcoming Presidential Inauguration week – events of contemplation, collaboration, commiseration. (We’ve also been asked about West Seattle contingents going to some of the citywide events – in particular, next Saturday’s Women’s March downtown.) So starting right now, we’re publishing home-page notes about some of what’s happening, and inviting you to send us any announcement(s) that you haven’t sent yet (editor@westseattleblog.com).

We start with the labyrinth that will be open to all at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), Wednesday through Saturday. The announcement:

The Presidential Inauguration ceremony is on Friday, January 20th and there are many in and around our community who are concerned and upset about the political climate in the U.S.

Tibbetts is blessed to have a Labyrinth, which will be available for contemplative walking beginning Wednesday, January 18th, for those who wish to meditate, pray, or simply find peace. Labyrinths have been in use for over 4,000 years and the basic design is fundamental to nature and many cultures, religious and non-religious traditions. Walking the labyrinth can clear the mind, give insight, and soothe your heart. The simplistic symmetry is made even more meaningful when accompanied by music.

We extend an invitation to all in the community, especially those who are struggling to find a means to gain clarity, find peace, pray, or meditate about what changes there will be in the U.S. in the coming years.

The Tibbetts Labyrinth will be set up in the gathering hall (NE corner of 41st & Andover) from Wednesday 1/18 through Saturday 1/21, hours listed below. The Labyrinth is made of heavy canvas and we ask that walkers remove shoes before starting. We will have hand-held labyrinths available for those who are mobility challenged and music will play softly in the background.

Tibbetts welcomes ALL to come walk the labyrinth during one of the open times below:

* Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm (Jan 18 & 19)
* Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm (Jan 20)
* Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Jan 21)

Tibbetts is at 3940 41st SW.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017: Southwest Youth and Family Services ‘carefully watching’

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“We’re carefully watching the sort of direction that the new administration is going to take.”

That could be said by many. But for some agencies and organizations in our area, it’s not just a general sense of wariness as the Trump Administration heads for the White House in three weeks – it’s the need to be ready for what seem certain to be major changes.

The declaration was from Steve Daschle, executive director of North Delridge-headquartered Southwest Youth and Family Services. We talked to him recently as we began a process of finding out how local nonprofits – especially those who work with vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees – are getting ready.

“Our biggest fear is that the Trump Administration and his selection for Health and Human Services Secretary have made it very clear that their Job 1 is to dismantle the Affordable Care Act,” Daschle said.

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WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS 2016: Volunteers serve free dinner to almost 100 people

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A few minutes before 4 pm, we stopped by the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction to photograph the volunteers who had just spent four hours making West Seattle holiday history – serving a free sit-down dinner to anyone who needed one. The lodge and The Christmas People co-sponsored the first-ever event, feeding almost 100 people who showed up over the course of the afternoon. They also wanted to say thanks to community members who volunteered time to help prepare, and who donated dozens and dozens of homemade cookies! The Christmas People, led by Rev. Fred Hutchinson and Ruth Bishop, have been feeding others in need, but usually in smaller groups, he told us – this was the first time they decided to offer a big sit-down dinner, and they’ll do it again next year, getting the word out far and wide to fill the hall.

WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAY GIVING: Person-to-person on Christmas Eve

A heartwarming story – told in verse – from the WSB inbox this Christmas Eve:

A true Christmas story for everyone to enjoy:

Twas the night before Christmas, with no food in the house, so off to get groceries, for me and my spouse.

Bacon, eggs, bread, wine and rice, fruit and ice cream, checked off my list twice.

Away to the checkstand, I flew like a flash, to purchase my goods with not enough cash.

But what to my wondering eyes should I see? A guy with just greeting cards, that I let cut in front of me.

He replied with a thankful “no way really?”
And which I exclaimed, with an “of course, don’t be silly!”

To the cashier, he muttered something unclear, that was meant for just him and her ears to hear.

“Merry Christmas” he said as he left out the door! What a friendly man, I thought! A nice smile and more!

Now it’s my turn in line, to purchase my stuff. Hoping to God but doubting that I had enough.

With a look of weary, yet hopefulness in my heart, the lady exclaimed, “He gave me enough to cover your whole cart!”

I replied “Shut the Front Door!” and other words to not include. “Oh my God! Seriously? What a cool dude!!”

Tears began to fall down my excited cheeks in a flurry, leaving the store with vision so blurry.

This kind, generous stranger, out of nowhere came here, and left us all with a great feeling of Christmas cheer!

The moral of my story, my fellow West Seattleites, is to Pay It Forward, Merry Christmas and to Have a Great Night!!!

-Thank you kind and giving stranger at the Roxbury Safeway tonight!!! You have no idea how much you brightened our holiday and spirits! You are amazing, and the true definition of what this time of year should be all about! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

–Bradi and Tim Jones

HAPPENING NOW: Happy Bill of Rights Day!

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The photo and report are from Karen Chilcutt:

Today, December 15th, is Bill of Rights Day!! Members of the West Seattle Democratic Women are distributing copies of the Bill of Rights, bumper stickers, and buttons provided by the American Civil Liberties Union at both the White Center Food Bank and Samway Market in White Center. WSDW wants everyone to know that materials are also available at Cupcake Royale in the West Seattle Junction.

Rachel Glass, WSDW’s Vice Chair, said: “Given the concerns, confusion and fear expressed by many Americans as a result of the change in political climate, WSDW thought it especially important that people be aware of their rights.”

Other participating members of West Seattle Democratic Woman braving the freezing weather in support of this cause were Elizabeth Heath, Lynne Ingalls, Flora Belle Key, Theresa McCormick and Mike Wald. Peggy Abby, WSDW member and local artist crafted the signs used.

West Seattle scene: Caroling for ‘Awesome Avery’ and family

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A beautiful sight in a West Seattle backyard brought holiday cheer to “Awesome Avery” Berg and her family. We have reported before – here and here – on Avery, who was diagnosed with brain cancer just as she prepared to start middle school this fall. The photo and update are from friend Kelly Malloy:

She begins her second round of chemo today – and the community surprised the family on Tuesday by showing up in their back yard with candles and holiday songs to sing. Her dear friends Liza and Rachel coordinated this and it was AWESOME. (like Awesome Avery)

Caroling at Avery’s and seeing (at least) 50 people in her back yard was mind blowing, inspiring, brilliant, sweet, and just another reflection of the fabulous community of West Seattle.

Avery’s mom Kristie has continued to post updates from time to time here.

Meet West Seattle’s newest centenarian: Happy 100th birthday, Virginia Carmichael!

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Meet Virginia Carmichael, who turned 100 today! We photographed her early this week, to accompany this tribute from her family:

Virginia has resided in Seattle since 2004. That year she moved from the Northern California foothill town of Paradise.

Virginia’s family will honor her tomorrow at the West Seattle home of her eldest daughter, Susan Madrid. She celebrated at The Kenney with her fellow residents at the monthly group birthday gathering this past Monday.

Virginia’s immediate family includes a second daughter, Alice Turner from Chico, California, and two grandchildren, Leslie Harlow (Greg) from Renton and Richard Stichler (Diane) from Ringgold, Georgia. Her great-grandchildren are teenagers Anna and Sarah Harlow and young adults Evan and Jarrett Stichler.

Virginia was born near Auburn in south King County in 1916. Her maternal/paternal extended families lived and worked in the Tacoma area.

When she was 3, her immediate family moved to California, eventually settling in Stockton, where she attended school and lived until she and her husband, James Carmichael, whom she married in 1939, retired in the mid 1970s. James died in 2002.

Virginia owned a knit shop in Stockton. She is accomplished in all forms of needlework and sewing, using these skills to be successful in her business. She still knits baby sweaters and afghans that are donated to WestSide Baby. Her guilty pleasures are watching “Curious George” on PBS and Rocky Road ice cream.

FOLLOWUP: Alki tree placed in tribute to Joel Eggert

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That tree on the water side of the Alki Bathhouse isn’t a Christmas tree but rather a memorial tree. Relatives and friends of Joel Eggert (photo at right), the 46-year-old West Seattleite who died after his motorcycle crashed in Highland Park early Sunday, e-mailed to tell us about it. It’s there with Parks Department permission, and, according to Tonia, “People are encouraged to place notes and mementoes to remember Joel.” Stephanie says, “Tomorrow night at 3:30 pm there will be a sunset gathering for him and moment of silence.” And Mr. Eggert’s sister Stacey e-mailed to share the news of the crowdfunding account for his children. She says Mr. Eggert’s last wish is being fulfilled – donating his organs to save others. Plans for an official memorial event are in the works, we’ve also learned, and we’re expecting an update on that soon.

SATURDAY: Immigration Resource Fair in West Seattle

Just received this announcement from Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer:

Seattle Community Immigration Resource Fair
Saturday, December 10, 10 am to 1 pm
At Denny International Middle School

The City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools, Chief Sealth IHS and Denny IMS, along with several community partners, are hosting a Community Resource Fair on Immigration. You are invited to learn about Immigration policies, knowing your rights, safety, how to support your children at school and at home, and a parental toolkit.

Denny is at 2601 SW Kenyon.

COMMUNITY GIVING: West Seattle girls help Northwest Harvest fight hunger

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Thanks to Lynda Sullivan for the photo and report:

I wanted to get a shoutout to some local girls (their families and a few friends) that volunteered their afternoon at Northwest Harvest in Kent. Several of the girls are the McCaffrey Bobcats and play in the West Seattle Soccer Club together. They bagged, tied, packed and boxed up over 4,500 pounds of rice over the course of the afternoon. The rice is donated by companies in bulk and needs to be sorted for distribution to local food banks in Washington State. They all had a blast and everyone was eager to know when they could come back and volunteer again.

For anyone that is interested, Northwest Harvest in Kent welcomes volunteer groups of any size. The age requirement is 9 years old (or in the 3rd grade), must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if under the age of 16. For volunteer information contact Jennifer Chew at 206-923-7453 or JenniferC@northwestharvest.org.

The local food banks served by NW Harvest include three in our area, according to the map on the NWH websiteWest Seattle FB, White Center FB, and Paradise of Praise FB in Highland Park.

FOLLOWUP: Online fundraiser for Admiral District crash victim

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(Tuesday night photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)

As noted in the newest comments following WSB coverage of the Admiral District crash that sent a woman to the hospital Tuesday night, an online fundraiser is now set up for her. Via this GoFundMe page, organizers identify the victim as Britt Russell. She is an employee at Mission Cantina, and was headed to work when hit by a driver at/near California/Walker. According to the fundraising page, she suffered numerous serious injuries but has been “stabilized.” The fundraiser is meant to help with an expected long path to recovery:

Britt is strong. While being such a kind and loving person she also has a fighting spirit. She will eventually recover but we know she will be in the hospital or in rehab for most of the next year. We are looking to support Britt and her family’s medical expenses outside of insurance as well as travel for her family living outside of the country. Her entire immediate and extended family live in Australia and airfare is quite costly. We know how important having family close by is to the healing process.

Meantime, we are still following up with Seattle Police regarding the investigation; no new information is available so far.

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